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Craig McDonald "The competition for the future of crime fiction is fierce, as it should be, but don't take your eyes off Craig McDonald. He's wily, talented and—rarest of the rare—a true original. I am always eager to see what he's going to do next."
   —Laura Lippman

"I don't think there's anything quite like them. These are incredible novels... Not only is the series a one-of-a-kind, but Craig has done one better by trying to make each novel a different novel... Craig is every bit as serious as any writer out there."
   —James Sallis on the Hector Lassiter series

"James Ellroy + Kerouac + Coen brothers + Tarantino = Craig McDonald"

"The best new crime writer in the country."
   —Wisconsin State Journal

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Edgar®—nominee Craig McDonald is an award-winning journalist, editor and fiction writer. His short fiction has appeared in literary magazines, anthologies and several online crime fiction sites.

His debut novel, Head Games, was published by Bleak House Books in September 2007. Head Games was selected as a 2008 Edgar®—nominee for Best First Novel by an American Author. Head Games was also a finalist for the Anthony, Gumshoe and Crimespree Magazine awards for best first novel.

His nonfiction books include Art in the Blood, a collection of interviews with 20 major crime authors which appeared in 2006, and Rogue Males: Conversations and Confrontations About the Writing Life, a second collection of interviews published by Bleak House Books in 2009.

McDonald was also a contributor to the NYT's nonfiction bestseller, Secrets of the Code. He recently won national awards for his profiles of crime novelists James Crumley, Daniel Woodrell, James Sallis and Elmore Leonard.

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    J. Kingston Pierce interviews Craig at Kirkus Reviews & The Rap Sheet.

    Craig talks with Jacque Filippi at the House of Crime and Mystery.

    Frelon Noir Interview recorded in Paris, France. (Questions and answers audible in English)

    A video interview recorded in France.

    An interview by Clémentine Thiebault. (PDF)

    A profile in Les Echos by Thierry Gandillot.

    Paris Match on Craig and Ernest Hemingway.

    A video interview with Doug Dangler.

    John Kenyon interviews Craig about One True Sentence at Things I'd Rather Be Doing.

    A new Q&A with Vince Keenan.

    A brand new interview, in French.

    A new interview at The Crime of It All.

    Downloadable mp3 interview from Writers Talk.

    The Columbus Dispatch features Craig and Print the Legend.

    Craig speaks with Mysterious Writers.

    A radio interview conducted by WYSO's Vick McKunas.

    Video interview by Keith Rawson Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

    Doug Moe interviews Craig regarding Print the Legend for the Wisconsin State Journal.

    A brand new, Print the Legend interview conducted by John Kenyon.

    A two-part interview with Craig at Jen's Book Thoughts: Part I & Part II.

    Craig is interviewed at Signs and Wonders.

    A podcast interview regarding Print the Legend conducted by Ben LeRoy.

    Brian Lindenmuth interviews Craig at Spinetingler.

    John Kenyon interviews Craig at Things I'd Rather Be Doing.

    Jedidiah Ayres interviews Craig at Hardboiled Wonderland.

    Sandra Ruttan interviews Craig for the Baltimore Examiner.

    Bleak House editor Alison Janssen interviews Craig for Pulp Pusher.

    Novelist Tom Piccirilli interviews Craig at The Big Adios.

    Crime novelist Jim Winter interviews Craig about Toros & Torsos here.

    Craig speaks with The Columbus Dispatch on the eve of the 2008 Edgar Awards(R) here.

    Novelist Tony Black interviews Craig for Shots Magazine about the Edgar nomination, Head Games, the current state of U.S. crime fiction, the craft of interviewing and Toros & Torsos. Read the interview here.

    Cameron Hughes of CHUD speaks with Craig about myth, history and the importance of story as they relate to Head Games here.

    John Kenyon interviews Craig McDonald about Art in the Blood here (12/06) and about Head Games here (10/07).

    Craig McDonald speaks with Ben LeRoy of Bleak House Books about his debut novel, Head Games, in a special podcast.

    Bleak House Publisher Ben LeRoy conducts a second podcast interview regarding Head Game's Edgar® nomination.